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Romney Badly Underestimates Pull of Obamacare on Voters

By July 16, 2012

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The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, will play a powerful role in deciding the presidential election. But not in ways that pundits and the press are predicting or apparently even detecting yet.

I believe that Republican Mitt Romney badly underestimates the growing pull of this burning issue to motiviate middle-class and working-class Americans to reelect Barack Obama to a second term.

Today in battleground state Ohio, a Cincinnati crowd erupted wildly, and spontaneously, when President Obama mentioned Obamacare.

In my own family, I was startled at the open elation of our GenX adult daughter and her husband, both political Independents, when the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare... at how relieved they were to know that, despite being small business owners, they would be guaranteed affordable health care coverage.

President Obama told the cheering campaign-stump crowd today that he likes the moniker "Obamacare" for his signature legislation "... because I want people to know I care! And I do care."

In stark Ayn-Randian contrast, Mitt Romney sneered this moldy stereotype of uninsured Americans the day after his race-baiting speech at the NAACP convention:

"When I mentioned I am going to get rid of Obamacare they weren't happy... That's O.K, I want people to know what I stand for... I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy -- more free stuff."

"About 44 million people in this country have no health insurance, and another 38 million have inadequate health insurance. This means that nearly one-third of Americans face each day without the security of knowing that, if and when they need it, medical care is available to them and their families," per PBS.

Per mega-wealthy Mr. Romney, these 82 million American men, women and children are slackers, freeloaders, lazy miscreants who just "want more stuff from government, more free stuff."

I believe that Mr. Romney badly underestimates the power of this burning issue to motiviate middle-class and working-class Americans to reelect Barack Obama to a second term.

Nuns on a Bus: Protesting "Decreased Funding for Health Insurance"
One genial group that doesn't underestimate the importance of ObamaCare? A busload of Roman Catholic nuns who, remarkably, are traveling to battleground states Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan to spread their message protesting House Republicans' stingy budget.

The insistent Catholic sisters particularly object to "tax breaks to wealthy individuals and decreased funding for health insurance programs for low-income individuals " Said Sister Virginia Welsh of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, "I think a lot of times people aren't aware of particular items in the budget. This is making awareness in a novel way."

To underscore the importance of the nuns' message, a bipartisan coalition of women U.S. senators issued a resolution saluting "the Catholic Sisters' fulfillment of their vital missions to teach our children, care for the sick, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, lead major institutions, demand corporate responsibility and fight for policies that promote human dignity." U.S. Senate signers of this resolution include:

... and, of course, the distinguished Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer from my home state of California.

Professor Sherry Glied of Columbia University commented to PBS:

"The people who are most at risk today are those who have no health insurance at all:
  • They're at risk of not getting regular care when they need it.
  • They're at risk of not catching real problems before they get serious enough to not be treatable.
  • They're at risk of not getting the best treatment when they actually do get sick.
  • And they're at tremendous financial risk.
They could lose everything that they've saved in their lives because of some even fairly minor health problem."

Indeed. Mitt Romney underestimates the growing powerful pull of Obamacare to drive desperate voters to the polls in support of the President.

I believe it could cost Mr. Romney the election.

Comments

July 16, 2012 at 6:46 pm
(1) Cre8tive Force says:

I just hope they all get registered (and are allowed to register, given all the obstacles being set up) and VOTE!

July 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm
(2) george says:

The last national referendum on Obamacare would not seem to support your supposition.

July 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm
(3) Mindy Robinson says:

I have actually taken the time to study Obamacare. I can only assume that those of you who are for this plan either have not read it or it is beneficial to you. It is not beneficial to many of us, quite the contrary, it is detrimental. I am not wealthy , I am and have always been a working middle class American and now close to retirement . I pay 32 percent tax just to the feds. and I am refusing to pay one more dime to the gov. so they can dole it out to others. People at my age and older cannot prepare for this. Furthermore, one day all of you will be old and when that day comes this barbaric health care plan will no longer benefit you, you will be left to die because today you think only of yourselves and it benefits you now. Congratulations Americans, we are entering a dark and barbaric age in history.

July 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm
(4) Sue says:

OBAMACARE????

Yes, there is a pull alright…………..to vote against Obama! Conservatives are furious.
If you want to live in a country that will tell doctors how to practice medicine, created more bureaucracy, and frankly, was shoved down the throats of Americans with every tool Obama and his cronies could come up with, go ahead.

We will fight Obamacare and we will win in November.

July 16, 2012 at 9:28 pm
(5) John Ballard says:

Here are a couple of helpful links from the Kaiser people for anyone curious about ACA

http://healthreform.kff.org/the-basics/Requirement-to-buy-coverage-flowchart.aspx

http://healthreform.kff.org/timeline.aspx

The biggest population that benefits are those at the bottom of the economy. Sadly, the largest concentrations of that group are in the very states where governors have said they plan not to participate in the Medicaid expansion, even though the expense is being covered by federal money. Nearly a third of the populations of Florida and Texas are in that group. It will be interesting to see as the weeks go by how many in that group will discover how badly their elected representatives want to treat them.

Something like eighty percent of the country as a whole is insured (company group insurance, VA, Medicare, Medicaid, Tri-care, Indian Health Service or individual policies) so ACA affects a relatively small population. It’s amazing how indifferent the haves are regarding the needs of the have-nots. I hope that indifference is from lack of information, not contempt.

July 17, 2012 at 1:53 am
(6) usliberals says:

Sue writes of Obamacare that it ” frankly, was shoved down the throats of Americans with every tool Obama and his cronies could come up with.”

Sue, both houses of Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. The President signed it into law. And on June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare.

All three branches of U.S. government have spoken loudly and clearly, and all have affirmed the Affordable Care Act. Thus, you are incorrect when you claim that this legislation was “shoved down the throats of Americans.” It most certainly was not!

July 17, 2012 at 7:06 am
(7) Jeff Warren says:

“ObamaCare was shoved down our throat’

It was debated for 1.5 years, over 100 committee hearings, thousands of hours of debate. Everything that could’ve have been said, was said, and everybody said it.

Compare that with the UNPAID FOR Medicare Part D or the Paul Ryan plan which had 2 committee hearings each.

July 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm
(8) Judy says:

Romney sneered? Obamacare is good? Where have you been woman? And don’t you think for one minute that Romney is going to lose this election. Americans are sick and tired of Obama and his smart mouth, His lies, his deceit, his sneering attitude. His hatred of this country, His hatred of Christianity. His association with criminal from the Chicago crime circle, I am pissed.

July 19, 2012 at 10:05 am
(9) Realtime53 says:

Hi Mindy –

“I pay 32 percent tax just to the feds.”

” I am not wealthy ,”

If you are paying 32% of your take home pay to the feds, you are quite wealthy. Even if you are paying a marginal rate of 32 cents on the last dollar that you earned last year, you are still quite wealthy.

Which makes me wonder about the rest of your post.

July 20, 2012 at 5:53 am
(10) Louis Lombardo says:

How about a link to a video clip of Obama saying “I care”?

July 23, 2012 at 3:57 am
(11) Veronica says:

Thanks, Judy, but I’ll take that “his smart mouth, His lies, his deceit, his sneering attitude. His hatred of this country, His hatred of Christianity. His association with criminal from the Chicago crime circle” Obama over a narrow-minded, backwards Repukeblican. I want America to move forward, not backwards. If you want backwards, move to another country.

July 29, 2012 at 8:14 am
(12) Debi says:

@ Veronica…REALLY? Look at what you are saying…you’ll take lies, deceit, etc over a wholesome way of living? You sound like a truly evil person who should be the one looking for another country. Oh, and take all of your liberal liars with you!!

July 31, 2012 at 12:04 pm
(13) patrick o'heffernan says:

In any 2000-page bill hard fought through various committees and loaded with compromises and goodies, there will always be something to criticize. As a liberal, I criticize the fact that it is a giant transfer of tax money to insurance companies via the insured poor who will hand their subsidies over to corporations.

I have had many conservatives n my show who claim it is a takeover of health care, despite the fact that Obamacare doesn’t affect any health care services (doctors,hospitals, etc) and the private insurance companies actually get the money. Their opposition is based on 40 years of conservative propaganda that anything government is bad, despite the fact that millions of them rely on Medicare, a government plan (and very successful!). These people, when confronted with facts on my show, reject them and still denounce the government takeover; their stand is ideological, not practical or rational. Some will change as they experience the benefits, most will not credit the Administration for getting them the benefits. It will take a new generation, the children on their parents policies until they are 26, to shift a national attitude.

To the commentor that complains that he pays too many taxes and will not benefit from Obamacare., so why should he pay for it: are you prepared to refund the thousands of dollars your parents and grandparents and great grandparents paid in taxes to educate you and build an economy in which you could prosper. And is has he decided not to use any public health care , like medicade? I think not.

July 31, 2012 at 1:05 pm
(14) Veronica says:

No, Judy. I was throwing your words back at you. I’m voting for freedom and progress, which many in my party root for. And if you want to talk about lies and deceit, take a look at your own party. Like I said, if you want a different kind of country, there’s always a plane to take you away from here. . .

August 7, 2012 at 12:54 am
(15) Jason says:

Is simple math really this hard for liberals? There is no free lunch people. Obamacare is not “free” health care. My premiums have gone up almost 30% in the past 3 years since this was passed and that’s simply in ANTICIPATION by the insurers of how much this boondoggle is going to cost. How is obamacare going to help us when no one can actually afford health insurance and we’re all on the government system and our tax rates are 50 or 60%…take away any partisan politics in the issue and just get out a calcualator, its unsustainable!

August 23, 2012 at 10:41 am
(16) Carol says:

Excellent article: how long will we have to wait for universal healthcare and why would people fight to keep us unhealthy as a nation?
I shudder to think about the children who are growing up overweight and obese, and some with diabetes who won’t have access to health care and prevention programs to combat weight loss. Mrs. Obama really steps up to the plate with her initiative to feed healthy food to children and have them grow their own food in community gardens.

August 29, 2012 at 10:00 am
(17) Martha Moyer says:

Two people very close to me do not have any health insurance. One needs a tendon in her leg fixed but the local hospital where people without insurance usually go told her that their committee determined that she could live with that injury so they won’t do a thing about it. She is in terrible pain. She wraps her leg and suffers on.

She tells me that she was once ordered by a doctor to have a colonoscopy and the hospital won’t administer anesthesia to those without insurance so they have to scream in pain to have it done. This is the second report I heard about this. I don’t think these people are lying. She says she will die of colon cancer first before going through that procedure again.

Yes, hospitals serve the indigent but it is terrible what people endure. Our Texas govenor is refusing to cover these people who are suffering and I know this suffering also includes business people who own their own small businesses and can’t get insurance because of a pre-existing condition. I know one.

September 9, 2012 at 3:29 pm
(18) Veronica says:

In the name of “freedom,” our GOP governor and others like him are denying healthcare to people who really need it. What freedom? Freedom to suffer? Freedom to go without? Freedom to die?

September 12, 2012 at 1:15 am
(19) Weableascerne says:

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October 22, 2012 at 8:46 pm
(21) Fred says:

Whenever you hear “government takeover” or “shoved down our throats” or “hates America” or “hates Christians” or “socialist” or any of the other right wing keywords, you can ignore the rest of the post. They are not rational, objective thinkers. And for those of you looking forward to Romney winning, you’re in for a rude awakening.

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